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Breaking news: U.S. healthcare deemed a failure

For five years in a row, our health care system has ranked dead last in an annual review of systems across 11 industrialized nations. Shocked? Perhaps not, but there are some particularly frustrating points worth noting. Of the five overall

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Washington’s immigrants more likely to live in poverty

Earlier this year the U.S. Census Bureau released a report about the more than 10 million non-citizen immigrants under age 35 residing in the United States. The data show more than half of these individuals came to the U.S. as

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Health care marketplace goes live October 1

Make sure October 1 is marked on your calendar – especially if you’re uninsured. That’s the day enrollment opens to purchase health insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder, the new online marketplace for health benefits. Intended to increase access to affordable

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

April 26, 2013

Welcoming a new child, fighting cancer, caring for an aging parent – there are a handful of times in life when we all need to take significant time off work to care for ourselves or our families. But too many Washington workers

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

Marilyn Watkins: Family and medical leave is more important now than ever

April 22, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Appropriations Committee on HB 2044, April 22, 2013 Good morning, I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute, also speaking also for the Washington Work and Family Coalition, which worked with

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

On Equal Pay Day, Seattle ranks worst at gender pay equity

New research by the National Partnership for Women and Families puts Seattle at the top of the list for the widest gender wage gap among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. That means Seattle women working full-time, year-round make a

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

WA’s women are falling through the gaps

Nationally, women working full-time earn about 81% of men. Here in Washington, that number drops to 75%. One factor is the presence of information, science and technology jobs in Washington. Important industries for our state economy, they are high-paying sectors

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay

Evelin Bargas: In support of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Evelin Bargas: In support of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

February 5, 2013

My name is Evelin Bargas. I live and work in Bellevue. I took a vacation day from work to come here with my husband and son and testify in support of family and medical leave insurance. My dad has been

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Sarah Francis: Moms need paid family and medical leave insurance

Sarah Francis: Moms need paid family and medical leave insurance

February 5, 2013

Testimony of Sarah Francis, Campaign Director, MomsRising Washington House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development Hearing on House Bill 1457 Implementing Family and Medical Leave Insurance, Feb. 5, 2013   Good morning. My name is Sarah Francis and I’m a campaign

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Marilyn Watkins: The importance of family and medical leave insurance

Marilyn Watkins: The importance of family and medical leave insurance

February 5, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development on HB 1457 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, February 5, 2013. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. I also

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave
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